The jury has concluded its fouth day of deliberations in the corruption case against former probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides.
The jury of seven men and five women in US District Court in Boston has now deliberated for a total of about 30 hours.
O’Brien and two top deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III, are charged with unlawfully doling out jobs to the friends and family members of the politically connected in exchange for favors from state legislators.
Prosecutors allege that the probation officials committed fraud by creating a bogus hiring process to make it look as though they were complying with policies and procedures.
Defense attorneys argue that nothing their clients did was illegal, that it was simply patronage typical of Beacon Hill politics.
The Globe reported today that during the 35-day trial, jurors submitted 281 questions before they began deliberations last Wednesday, sometimes in handwritten notes to US District Judge William G. Young.
The submission of questions has added a new dynamic to an already complicated case, which featured 60 witnesses and 104 questions for the jurors to consider as they weigh whether the three top Probation Department officials ran the department like a criminal enterprise, the Globe reported.